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23 Dec

January 2014 – Kicking off the new year at Moortown

Why not start the year as you mean to go on with a leisurely stay at Moortown. We’ve got some great rates on offer including single occupancy midweek bed and breakfast deals for £75.00 from January to March to suit business travellers too. And there’s lots to see and do locally: 

Ringwood Market

The Wednesday Market has been taking place here in Ringwood for at least 780 years, selling farm produce and general wares. It will be running on the 8th, 15th, 22nd or 29th January, between 8am and 3pm. Find out more here.

Lymington Market

Around a 30 minute drive away in the beautiful Georgian market town of Lymington, this Saturday Market is fairly typical for southern England, with stalls selling plants, food produce, general household goods, craft items and bric-a-brac. Why not spend the day in Lymington and explore the rest of the town, with its wonderful marinas, cobblestone roads, unique shops and tearooms. The market runs on the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th January, between 8am and 5pm. Read more here.

Sunnyfields Market

Around a 30 minute drive away, you’ll find Sunnyfields Market. Held on Saturdays, between 9am and 2pm, this market, in Jacobs Gutter Lane, Totton, allows visitors to come and buy direct from producers. There’s a Farm Café offering a bite for breakfast or lunch and refreshments including teas, coffees and fresh juices. It’s running on the 4th, 11th, 18th or 25th January. Find out more here.

Hythe Market

Around a 35 minute drive from Ringwood, Hythe Market opens at 8am every Tuesday and closes about 4pm – depending on weather and shoppers. You can buy almost anything at this market, including vegetables, diy tools, meat, cheese, clothing and pet products. Visit on the 7th, 14th, 21st or 28th January. Read more here.

New Milton Market

Around a 25 minute drive away, you’ll discover New Milton Market, a weekly street market held at the southern end of Station Road every Wednesday offering a wide variety of merchandise. Several Farmer’s Markets are also held throughout the year. Visit on the 8th, 15th, 22nd or 29th January. Find out more here.

Seasons of the New Forest National Park

Running up until Sunday 5th January at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst, (about a 25 minute drive away), this impressive collection of photographs by local photographer, Catherine Ovenden, will take you on a visual journey through the seasonal landscapes of the New Forest National Park. Entry’s free. Open between 10am and 5pm. Read more here.

Afternoon Starter Walk – Bolton’s Bench Circular, Lyndhurst

On Saturday 5th January at 2pm, a leisurely 5 mile walk is taking place at Bolton’s Bench Circular in Lyndhurst, (about a half an hour drive from Ringwood), as part of the Ramblers Festival of Winter Walks. The walk is open to everyone. Find out more here.

Garden of Light Festival

About a 20 minute drive away, you’ll find the Garden of Light Festival. Transforming Bournemouth Lower Gardens into a Winter Wonderland, this festival uses innovative, interactive lighting installations creating the Bournemouth light pods, and an outdoor ice rink. The festival runs up until 6th January. For activities and prices, read more here.

6×6 Art Exhibition at Kings

Around a 20 minute drive away, from 4th to 31st January, six prominent artists from Christchurch and surrounding areas are holding a new exhibition. Based at the Kings Hotel in Christchurch, the exhibition will provide the audience with the six finest works from each artist. Admission is free and it’s open all day during normal hotel hours. Find out more here.

Britten and Vivaldi concert

Music lovers can listen to the Grange Choral Society perform Benjamin Britten’s ‘St. Nicolas’ and Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ at Christchurch Priory on Saturday 18th January at 7.30pm. Read more here.